Departure of HLI priest under scrutiny

Northern Virginia Daily

By Sally Voth —

It wasn’t until six months after forcing out its president for sexual misconduct that a Front Royal-based pro-life organization began to shed some light on the real reason for his departure.

In its initial statement in August 2010, Human Life International praised the tenure of the Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer, who headed the international charity for about a decade.

The Catholic News Agency at the time reported HLI’s Board of Directors issued a news release stating “after nearly 10 years of meritorious service to HLI as president, Reverend Thomas J. Euteneuer has stepped down from his position after being asked by his bishop to return to his Diocese in Palm Beach, Florida.”

The release also stated Euteneuer’s leadership and his role in the “pro-life movement around the world will be greatly missed.”

At the time, the Daily quoted HLI chaplain the Rev. Frank Papa as saying Euteneuer was a “marvelous” boss with “amazing gifts.”

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